I graduated from Stanford with a focus on energy and environmental policy. Afterwards, I moved to Mongolia to work with a professor of mine who had become the Ambassador at Large of Mongolia.
For three years I worked on shaping regional energy and environmental policies alongside numerous ministers, parliament members, and policy experts. My focus was on nuclear energy – in particular, how to sustainably mine uranium and increase international security and cooperation. In this position, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo’s (Todai) Department of Nuclear Engineering, as well as a visiting lecturer to PhD students for Seoul National University and Todai. I have spent the past 2 years in one of my home-countries, Ecuador, working in environmental risk management and biodiversity conservation efforts as a consultant for USAID. I often traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where I coordinated the risk management component of a Food for Peace project. I have also traveled to Honduras and Malawi to author environmental assessments, and to Haiti, El Salvador, and Paraguay to lead environmental compliance workshops for the US embassies of those countries.